Thursday, 6 September 2012

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

A delightful story based on the unusual premise of a 65 year old man, Harold, going to post a letter and just keeping on walking. He'd received in essence a "goodbye' letter from a co-worker from his long ago past. She was dying in a Hospice in the very North of England. Harold existed in an uneasy retirement with his way in South England. He decided to walk to see the letter writer, and she would be kept alive by having to wait for him to get there. 

At times funny, often moving, we travel with Harold and meet up with others along the way and observe: his thoughts on life past and present, the changes in him and his relationship with his wife, along with the flora and landscape of rural England. Not at all mawkish, it's a gorgeous tale which could so easily have gone off the boil but doesn't... Posted by Catherine

About the Author

"Rachel Joyce has written over 20 original afternoon plays for BBC Radio 4, and major adaptations for both the Classic Series, Woman's Hour and also a TV drama adaptation for BBC 2. In 2007 she won the Tinniswood Award for best radio play. She moved to writing after a twenty-year career in theatre and television, performing leading roles for the RSC, the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court, and Cheek by Jowl, winning a Time Out Best Actress award and the Sony Silver. This is her first novel. She is currently at work on her second." From the Publisher

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The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, 2012  

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